To usher in the summer season, we asked members of our community what their most crowd-pleasing sneakers for this 2021 have been so far. Unsurprisingly, there were quite a few runners-up — from the Air Jordan 1 to the Nike Epic React Flyknit — but we've narrowed it down to five most favorite pairs below.
adidas Crazy 8 ADV x Undefeated "Aqua" by Kanye West
It's not too often that a runner-up sneaker gets to be called the best — but that's exactly what happened here. The adidas Crazy 8 ADV x Undefeated "Aqua" was a hit with our community, earning a ton of love from sneakerheads and style-setters alike.
Coming in hot off the heels (or rather feet) of its blue denim cousin, the "Aqua" Crazy 8 boasts bolder hits of color, which lands it on our best of the first half list.
Nike x Undefeated Air Jordan 1 "Chicago"
If you thought the crowd-pleasing Adidas Crazy 8 ADV x Undefeated "Aqua" sneaker was too early to be an Editor's Pick, then how about this Nike x Undefeated Air Jordan 1? A new collaboration from two of our favorite brands, this Chicago colorway of the AJ1 render sports a unique color-blocking scheme.
Nike Epic React Flyknit x Martin Liew
The React Flyknit x Martin Liew's namesake sneaker was indeed a hit with our community — and we couldn't agree more, too. We're digging the bold use of orange throughout the entire shoe, which keeps it from looking overly basic or one-dimensional. This could very well be the best pair of running shoes we've seen this year.
Nike x OFF-WHITE Air Max 270 by Virgil Abloh
Coming in at a close third for most crowd-pleasing shoe from our community was 2019's Sneakerhead of the Year, Virgil Abloh and his partnership with Nike. This Air Max 270 in an off-white, black and red colorway is easily the best of the collection so far.
Nike x OFF-WHITE Air Force 1 Low "Be True"
To be fair, this isn't technically a pair of sneakers — but it doesn't want to be anything else either. The Nike x OFF-WHITE Air Force 1 Low "Be True" is fire, plain and simple. The sneaker celebrates the LGBTQ community in a colorful way that shouldn't be missed.